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Golden Eye Another picture of a lava heron from the Galapagos. Ecuador,Geotagged,animal,aviary,birding,birds,heron,nature,wild,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Such a fitting name, excellent closeup! Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks as always! Posted 5 years ago

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The Lava heron, also known as the Galápagos heron, is a species of heron endemic to the Galápagos Islands. The adult is slate-grey, which helps it blend in with the hardened lava. The back feathers typically have a silvery sheen and it has a short crest on its head. When breeding, the heron has a black beak and bright orange legs, but they fade to grey after the breeding season. Lava Herons are typically seen hunched over and they have a sharp alarm call. These highly territorial birds are found.. more

Similar species: Pelecaniformes
Species identified by TristanV
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Uploaded Sep 4, 2014. Captured Mar 31, 2012 08:56 in Galapagos, Ecuador.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 135mm